GEORGE W. HOLSEY, Baltimore Sun
July 3, 1996
Former Congressman Kweisi Mfume became The Sun's Marylander of the Year in 1996, when he took over leadership of the NAACP. The venerable civil rights organization had fallen on hard times, both because of financial mismanagement and because it was increasingly viewed as irrelevant to young African-Americans. The choice of Mr. Mfume "seemed so perfect that just the announcement was enough to re-energize the organization in ways that even last year's naming of the widow of NAACP martyr Medgar Evers as its chairman did not. Mr. Mfume isn't even on the job yet and he has begun to turn the NAACP around. The remaining task is to steer a course that will restore the organization's vitality in continuing the fight for equal justice for all Americans. Mr. Mfume is up to the challenge. His whole life seems to have been mapped out for this day, for accepting leadership of the NAACP."